A supporter of our dear cause shared this article from The Tampa Tribune with me a few days ago. The article focuses on Niger Republic, the place where our school, International Academy of Niamey (IAN), is located. Title says it all: In Niger, child marriage on rise due to drought. Please take a few moment to read the article that is attached to this report.
While reading the article was very disheartening, it also made me appreciate you more on what you have helped us to accomplish, and the long road that is still ahead of us. At IAN, one of our main objectives is to provide opportunities to more young girls in order to bridge the gap that places girls literacy rate at 15% versus 42% for boys (according to the CIA World Factbook).
Our goal for the 2012-2013 academic year is to increase our enrollment to 50 students, from 9 during 2011-2012, with a desire to have girls representing over sixty percent of that population. As school starts in only a few days on October 3, 2012, we are far from our fundraising goal that will enable us to reach our enrollment objectives.
Your support is needed more than ever. Please consider making a donation so we can obtain resources needed to meet the challenges inherent in fulfilling our mission to provide quality education to young girls in Niger Republic.
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